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Here’s the cholesterol eye-opener for most people. Finally, what is now understood is that increased rates of cardiovascular disease are directly and primarily linked to increased sugar intake.
Further—and this point is very important—the amount of dietary fat and dietary cholesterol you eat are only minimal factors in raising your blood cholesterol levels. Know this, high cholesterol is more related to eating excess refined sugar than it is to dietary fat!
The human body can do only one of two things with ingested refined sugar: it will either use it as instant energy (very unlikely, unless you went out and ran around the block 7 times after your last candy bar), or it will store it as body fat (about 99% likely). When you eat refined sugar, this promptly causes the pancreas to start working overtime to pour out insulin, which results in a dramatic increase in the insulin levels in your bloodstream. This circulating insulin grabs the sugar and, you guessed it, stores it as body fat. A not-so-well publicized side effect of circulating insulin is that it also causes the liver to actually manufacture more cholesterol!
The Sugar-Cholesterol Connection at a Glance
When you eat excess sugar, your pancreas releases more circulating insulin. This insulin stores the excess sugar as body fat. The circulating insulin causes your liver to manufacture more cholesterol, which then causes blood cholesterol to rise above safe and normal levels. When blood cholesterol rises, your risk of heart disease also rises.
High Sugar = High Insulin = High Cholesterol
To learn more about the Sugar-Cholesterol Connection and how a low sugar diet can have benefits beyond your waistline, purchase your copy of the SOS Diet Book today and read Chapter 5—only 8 pages long!